The govt should not have arrested Mr Kalyergira. They are making him popular. The best way is for NRM to let him continue to write his stuff. As you observed, sooner or later, believability would be an issue. And if a journalist or columnist is not believable anymore, you know so fill in.So let the NRM big shots or spokespeople in UAH send the message: let Mr Kalyegira be. Leave him alone.
Some NRM supporters have a point about the rule of the law but Mr. Kalyegira has been writing such hair raising stories for some time and nothing happened to him. I was under the impression that the government had wisely decided to let him use freedom of speech to destroy himself.A few have destroyed themselves without being touched. And that includes here in UAH. The most famous and also sad example is that of Mr. Peter Annette the courageous CNN correspondent from gulf war 1. He said certain things long after the war that all, but ended his hall of fame career. The other famous example is that of Mr. Dan Rather formerly of CBS. Let me be clear: these were giants in the real sense of the word.
I did not get into the debate about intellectuals in Uganda because I noticed it was a generational thing. Those of us-and that includes you-who went to shule under Amin Dada have a different view. I dare say a more nationalistic and patriotic view of our motherland.
So let the government bite the upper lip and let Mr. Kalyegira continue to write his stuff. Too much of anything and that include freedom of speech can be harmful to one’s self.